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Making a Keepsake Teddy Bear

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patchwork teddy bear
Using a loved one's clothing to make a keepsake teddy bear is a lovely thing to do to keep their memory with you always. This is a guide about making a keepsake Teddy bear.


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By 5 found this helpful
January 12, 2010

I recently heard about this idea from my niece and loved it! When you lose a loved one of your family, most clothing is usually donated. Well, if you were close to them, you usually recall them in their favorite flannel plaid shirt, hunting shirt, suit, dress, etc. Ask for that piece of clothing, this can be made into a teddy bear as a keepsake!


There are many teddy bear patterns to choose from. Don't sew? Chances are good that someone from your area sews! There are also companies online that will make the teddy bear for you, they even make them from mink coats! This would also be a heartfelt memento gift to give to a family member.

The teddy bear could also wear a jewelry pin, tie clasp, etc. from your loved one. Let's not forget a beloved pet, their favorite blanket can also be made into a keepsake teddy bear too.

By Missy MM from OH

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By 1 found this helpful
April 27, 2009

I used to have a copy of a poem to attach to a home made teddy bear. One made from deceased grandparents clothing for the grandchildren. I only remember the last line, "Remember, she loved you too." I want to make two bears for my nieces and cannot find the poem. I hope someone has a copy and will forward it to me.


By Joseybell from Baltimore, MD

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April 27, 20090 found this helpful

I found this poem online. I am not sure if it is the correct one or not. Hope this helps.

Burden Teddy Bear

I'm not a very fancy bear,

I'm plain and rather small.

Even so, someone who loves you

Said I should come to call.

I brought my favorite blanket,

That I snuggle when I'm sad...

It's a present from my Granny,

Made for days when things seem bad.

My Granny always told me,

"Life's like a patchwork quilt...

Just give Jesus all the pieces,

And he'll make a pretty quilt."

Sometimes I don't see the pattern,

Sometimes he seems far away,

Then I clutch my favorite blanket

And I pray and pray and pray.

Though I don't have all the answers,

For I'm just a "Burden Bear"

I've been sent here on a mission

From someone who really cares.

When you see me, please remember...

You are in her thoughts and prayers.

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May 24, 20130 found this helpful

Thank you for the poem that may accompany the keepsake teddybear! The poem I was recalling actually is only about 4 lines long, would still like to have that one. However I shall hang on to this one for now! Thank you so much!

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September 12, 20130 found this helpful

Here is a poem that my Mom's cousin put on a Memory Quilt hope it is the one your looking for:

I was once warn by

Someone so dear

Who through loving memory

Will always be here

So when you hug me close

To you just remember

She loved you too

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September 28, 20130 found this helpful

I am trying to find someone who takes either grandparents' blankets, shirts, or sweaters and has the skills to turn them into a teddy bear as a keepsake for grandchildren.

By Adele R.


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September 29, 20130 found this helpful

I make teddy bears out of your loved ones clothing. Check out my facebook page called Forever Teddy Bears. You can email me at foreverteddybears AT

https://www.fac  oreverTeddyBears

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By 0 found this helpful
February 19, 2016

Where can I find a pattern for making a teddy bear out of an adult size t-shirt?

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